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My WAHM Story: How I Became a Work-at-Home-Mom

I didn’t have any idea about being a WAHM until I attended the WAHM 101: How to be a Work at Home Mom Workshop on June 28, 2014.

It was only a month after I resigned from my 7-year employment at the call center when I learned about this workshop. The main reason I resigned from my job was because I wanted to stay close to my baby as often as possible. When I was at work, I always got distracted by the thought of my baby, who’s left at home, and I wanted to change that by staying at home for good.

My plan was to look for a job opportunity that I can do at home. I was still happy with my job, but I knew I would be happier if I see and bond with my baby, while working from home at the same time.

So I attended this workshop…

WAHM 101 Workshop, June 28, 2014 

Martine De Luna, the Director of the WAHMderful Life Community, shared tips on how to transition from being a “working girl” to being a WAHM or Work-At-Home-Mom. Then we had an activity where we discussed why we want to be a WAHM and what we intend to do as WAHMs. Marge Aberasturi of TheHappyWahm, joined our group during the activity and she also shared with us her WAHM story.

There was also an Interactive Panel Discussion entitled, “Are you Ready for the WAHM Lifestyle?” with Louisa Mercado, Hana Pangan, and Sammy Tan as panelists.

Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Their personal WAHM Stories
  • Time & Home Management Tips
  • Stress Management
  • WAHM Home Office / Workspace
  • Online Profiles / Portfolios
  • Job Opportunities for WAHMs

I’m very grateful that I attended this workshop because it opened my eyes to opportunities that I’ve never imagined I would do in the weeks and months that followed.

Martine and Marge were the first two WAHMs who inspired me to be a WAHM. When I learned that they have their own websites and most of the other WAHMS at the event have blogs, I got inspired to build my own blog too.

I had no idea how to build a blog, but I was motivated enough that I was able to create my own website from scratch in one week. And it is this blog, www.pinayinvestor.com.

After few weeks, I created my second blog, http://explorermom.pinayinvestor.com.

I remember, Marge said that our blog is like our online CV. It makes it easier for employers to find us. Aside from looking for employers or employment opportunities online, having a blog can lead them to us.

The WAHM 101: How to be a Work at Home Mom Workshop included 4 FREE Mastermind Sessions, which I all attended.

The first Mastermind Session was “How to have the heart of WAHM” with Martine De Luna. She shared various tips on how to make a living while making a home and the different opportunities in blogging.

WAHM Mastermind Session 1, July 26, 2014
WAHM Mastermind Session 1, July 26, 2014

The second Mastermind Session was “Homebased Business Ideas Brainstorm” with Ginger Arboleda. She emphasized the importance of self-discovery: Understanding the “YOU” brand. This was the first time I heard Ginger talk and I was really inspired.

WAHM Mastermind Session 2, August 30, 2015
WAHM Mastermind Session 2, August 30, 2015

The third Mastermind Session was “How to Make a Business Plan” with Ginger Arboleda. She explained to us the importance of having a business plan and she taught us how to make one which we can apply in our own businesses.

WAHM 101 Workshop, June 28, 2014
WAHM Mastermind Session 3, September 27, 2014

The fourth Mastermind Session was “Marketing Strategies for WAHMs” with Marge Aberasturi. Aside from the marketing strategies that she shared with us, she also gave us ideas on how and where to find WAHM opportunities online like Virtual Assistance and Blogging.

WAHM Mastermind Session 4, October 4, 2015
WAHM Mastermind Session 4, October 4, 2015

I also went to the Work-At-Home Weekend Expo on October 25, 2014, but I didn’t get the chance to listen to the premium talks because I had other plans that day.

These WAHM events were established by Martine De Luna, the Director of the WAHMderful Life Community and Ginger Arboleda, the General Manager of Manila Workshops.

I’m truly thankful that I attended the WAHM workshops. I learned so many things from the speakers and fellow WAHMs. I never thought that I would be able to create my own blog, but it was made possible because of the inspiration that I got from these lovely and smart WAHMs.

Two months later, I became an Event Director of Manila Workshops, and just recently, I was appointed as COO of the company. I feel blessed and I’m so grateful to Ginger, my boss, for believing in me.

WAH Expo 2015
WAH Expo 2015

This coming Saturday, September 26, 2015, we’re having the “Work-At-Home Expo 2015”, and I personally invite you to attend this event. We have different talks which I’m sure you’ll find interesting and helpful especially if you’re planning to work at home. Everyone’s encouraged to join, not only the moms or ladies. Who knows, you might be able to find your next gig or meet new friends here. 🙂

To know more about the WAH Expo 2015, please visit Manila Workshops.

And btw, I’ll be the host/emcee of this event, so if you can make it to the Expo, feel free to approach me. 🙂

See you there!

 

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I’m now officially part of Manila Workshops! :)

After resigning from my 7-year employment with a BPO company last May 2014, I spent most of my time learning new skills and adding value to myself by attending seminars and workshops.

I like attending seminars because it offers a more interactive learning experience plus I get to meet the speakers and other participants in person. It also gives me a good idea on what topics to write and share to my readers which gives me that sense of value and fulfillment.

Below are some of the significant seminars and events that I’ve attended.

  • Cashflow 101 by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Financial Management
  • Stock Market and ForEx
  • Technical and Fundamental Analysis in Investing
  • Philippine Retail Investment Conference
  • FLEX and ALC Leadership Seminars
  • Strategic Communication
  • WAHM 101 with Mastermind Sessions
  • Love the Leap Program

Most of them are related to Personal Finance and some are about Personal Development and Entrepreneurship because admittedly, those are the topics that I’m most passionate about. Aside from the valuable learning experiences that I get from attending seminars, it also serves as my guide to achieving my personal and financial goals.

As an advocate of financial literacy and a believer of continuing education, I am very excited to announce that I’m already a part of Manila Workshops (under GPA Events Management Services), which is owned and managed by my mentor (of the Love the Leap Program) and mompreneur, Ginger Palma-Arboleda.

As an Event/Workshop Director, I will be handling different workshops series about Personal Finance and Investments. And I’m privileged (and thrilled) that I’ll be working with two of the most popular and award-winning Personal Finance Experts in the Philippines, Fitz Villafuerte of Ready To Be Rich and Marvin Germo of Stock Smarts.

Please watch out for my posts about our upcoming Workshop Series! 🙂